In a recent commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine, authors of the 2016 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain advise against misapplication that can put patients’ health and safety at risk. Some policies and practices attributed to the guideline are inconsistent with its recommendations.
The CDC has resources to help physicians correctly apply the guideline:
- Pocket Guide: Tapering Opioids for Chronic Pain: Quick-reference tool for when and how to taper and important considerations for safe and effective care
- CDC Opioid Prescribing Guideline Mobile App: Apply the recommendations in clinical practice, including a morphine milligram equivalent calculator, key recommendations, motivational interviewing techniques, resources and glossary
- Applying CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids Series: Interactive, web-based training featuring 11 self-paced learning modules with case-based content, knowledge checks, and integrated resources
Source: MLN Connects for May 23, 2019